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Author Topic: STEAM LONDON: Realms of Aether Game Thread  (Read 128214 times)
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« Reply #1950 on: June 28, 2009, 07:04:40 am »

"Paturiku!"  Jeniko cried, halting her attack immediately at the sight of the massive beast which tore at the knight of hour's sheild. She ran to his side extending her hands to envelop the creature in a tangle of steel vines.
"J-Jeniko? Er I mean  Rose!"
Jeniko gave Paturiku a warm smile.
And without warning, it seemed as if the young knight had gained the strength of ten constructs. He pushed hard against his attacker, drawing his sword and driving the blade of his sword deep into the maw of the beast.
"This world will not lose its happiness! I won't let it!!!" 
Jeniko and Paturiku's armor began to glow.
"Angel-chan...this world needs happiness, and so long as the clockwork empire exists that won't happen."
Jeniko looked towards the knight, nodding dutifully.
"Get as far away from here as possible." Jeniko commanded.
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« Reply #1951 on: June 28, 2009, 07:27:32 am »

Angel felt a change deep inside of her and let it take her over. Cain was right you couldn't keep a flower from wilting but sometimes if you wanted it bad enough you could coax them to bloom and sometimes everyone could have a happily ever after, even the bad guys.  Everything slowed as her clothes changed in to a long elegant gown and the gem in her microphone bloomed in to a crystal blossom.  "No Angel-Chan you cant use the lyric stone's power like that, it will destroy you!"  Sweets sounded sad.

"Sometimes everyone can be saved, even me."  Angel-Chan said smiling.  "Pure song radiant healing!" And the world went white.
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« Reply #1952 on: June 28, 2009, 07:43:51 am »

The world enveloped by the light slowed and began to shift, dissasembling and reassembling itself.
And at that moment, a young Musashi Kei felt a strange tingle in the back of his head as all at once his doodles and drawings of armored heroes and magical girls flew off his desk, landing on the floor beneath, in their white blankness the image of Angel's happy ending showed.

The door had been closed. Flowers bloomed from the steel and concrete that surrounded them, and a semi-concious Jeniko took the hand of her knight in clockwork armor.
Cain opened his eyes, witnessing for that fleeting moment, Angel's beauty. Her gown melting away like sand in the wind, leaving behind her dress from before their journey. All the heroes and monsters were gone, exept those within that one room.
There didn't need to be any more than that.
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« Reply #1953 on: June 28, 2009, 08:03:48 am »

The two Emma's were posed like mirror images of each other. One was in a lovely white gown with the dead looking lyric stone clasped in her hands and the other was holding the locket containing George's essence in the same manor. They blinked together and said the same thing.  "Where am I?" 

When Angel heard there voices she broke in to a grin and hugged them. "Emma lady, other Emma lady you are all fixed.  See sweets I fixed them."

"Meow." went Sweets the silver star on her head had vanished.

"It is ok I love you even if you can't talk anymore." Angel snuggled her kitty. "Is is dinner time yet?  I am hungry."

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« Reply #1954 on: June 28, 2009, 08:25:52 am »

I'd imagin4e we coudl scare up a litt;le something, Dreyfusssaid. Hi Sweets. Good Kitty." he stroooked her tentacle-fuzzy head, and rubbed that special place cats have under their jawline.

Are we ready to go, then? he asked Miss Emma.
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« Reply #1955 on: June 28, 2009, 11:06:04 pm »

"I think so.  All I can remember is looking in to George's eyes and being very cold.  There was a song too, I think.  The whole thing is really a blasted muddle. The locket feels warm now and I don't know why." 

"Come on Emma lady, come on Dreyfuss. We have to have dinner but then you can come see the fishies, they are all golden and pretty."  Angel was handling the changes quite well but Emma was beginning to suspect Angel could handle almost anything as long as there was food involved.
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« Reply #1956 on: June 29, 2009, 03:50:35 am »

Paturiku awoke in the town square, Sigmund's shining silver belt buckle and green scarf lay upon his chest. Jeniko's wrist shone with a wristband of similar design.
"Jenniko?" Paturiku placed his hand on her shoulder as she slowly re-awoke.
"Please..." She looked into his eyes, a smile that melted his heart on her lips. "Just call me Jen-chan. And you?"
"Er..Paturiku, but you can call me Pat." He helped her sit up, handing her a flower that lay bent upon the cool concrete.
"I suppose we are to protect this city now..." Pat said,  strapping on the belt and wrapping the scarf around his neck and standing up. He took her warm slip of a hand and helped her up onto her feet.
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« Reply #1957 on: June 29, 2009, 04:14:15 am »

Emilia was very confused as to why she was sleeping out side.  The last thing she could remember was talking to scared sounding young man in the place between worlds.  The stone in her hand crumbled away until she was left with a ring that glowed weakly.  She put it on and walked over to Pat and Jen-chan.  "Do you know me? I think I am lost."

Helena was rather glad to see her clothes had changed back but she did miss the guns.  She smiled at Sigmund who looked to be back to normal as well. "I like this hairstyle much better."  she added a kiss as punctuation.
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« Reply #1958 on: June 29, 2009, 05:13:21 am »

"I think so...." Pat said grogilly.. "I think we were all meant to meet right here right now. It feels a bit like this whole thing was gueded by a..."
"An angel?" Jen inserted.
"Yeah." Pat said distantly, staring off into the sky, stars as they glimmered against the dark backdrops.
"Would you like to maybe get something to eat?" Pat asked, looking to his store, the neon squid beckoning to those who hungered. "I have some grilled squid and Soba in peanut sauce i was saving. I'm sure there's plenty."
The three freinds headed into the din of the city, talking of fish, hearts, angels, and superheroes.

Sigmund returned her kiss with twice the passion, wrapping his arms around her waist as he lifted her off her feet quite literally.
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« Reply #1959 on: June 29, 2009, 05:43:40 am »

Dreyfuss looked on as sigmund and Helena kissed, reminiscing...and wishing...

Perhaps every love of his had so far ended tragically, but he still hoped. He especially hoped he wouldn't have to wait 'til he turned 90... he thought of Nadya...but realized that though he loved both the fiery little world-walker,and her lover, Hyacinth, he would not be able to bear it if either or both were killed. Superstition? perhaps. Perhaps Nadya had begun to suspect it, and that was why she had stayed apart from him during most of this mission. or perhaps she had begun to fear him (more likely was simply disgusted, he realized). Well... yet another love lost to the damned Mistress of All Soldiers...maybe next time.

He landed outside the Boheme and went inside to the lab where his bed was, and sat and petted Cleopatra. At least the offspring of his friend's companion still remained with him. His hand brushed against something soft and leathery, with long, flexible bones. He looked down, and oddly enough, Cleopatra's wings were still there!

Hissssspp! she said, disappointment brimming from every sibilant. Dreyfuss laughed. "Silly girl, you may not be able to talk like a human anymore, but I can understand you, and besides, you still have your wings!" Cleo looked back, for all the world as if saying, "Oh! that's fascinating!"  and gave a little snake-sigh, settled around Dreyfuss' shoulders, her white eyeshutters snapping shut, and looking like part of her overall pearly whiteness. She slept, content...
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« Reply #1960 on: June 29, 2009, 05:49:15 am »

Angel led them down the alley and out in to the city. She may not have known the language but she could count on her nose to point her in the right direction. They ended up at a small shop with a strange noodle soup called ramen. Angel decided that she liked it a lot and the little swirly pocket things with meat in them that were floating in the broth.  She just wished they had given her a spoon rather than these sticks.  "How do you eat with these Cain?"

Emma was siting alone until Dreyfuss came back from checking on the ship.   She looked up from eating her food thoughtfully and patted the seat next to her.  "Come sit next to me for a little bit.  I may need your help soon.  I think that last piece did something. The locket is warm to the touch now and I can feel something like a heartbeat."

Helena was enjoying a cup of deep green tea and wondering why they didn't have the stuff at home.  "You know I found some coins in my pocket after my clothes came back.  We aught to get some souvenirs to take home staring with a big pile of whatever they make this tea out of."
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« Reply #1961 on: June 29, 2009, 06:21:27 am »

"Miss Emma, by my own free will, I swore to help you in whatever way you find to be needful," Dreyfuss said, "and in any case, I've been ordered since day one of our continuing mission, both by my own government and yours, to which I am Liaisoned, to be your military escort, even if that means I literally escort you aboard the boheme, and to aid you in whatever way presents itself. You have only to ask,andI will do, short of scuttling the Saint Elmo - and even that is possible, if there is no other course open." Dreyfuss said, proud of his commission in the matter.
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« Reply #1962 on: June 29, 2009, 07:02:17 am »

Emma gazed deeply in to her tea.  "I have this feeling like I have started a reaction now and I can't be sure of the outcome. I don't know I may be paranoid but this sticks in my memory like when we first discovered the cold ones. If something goes wrong if we do have to fight I can think of no one better than you to have at my side.  The worlds are watching us and something is waiting out there and I just wish I knew what it was."


Emma Black-Lewastine was exhausted she had been working harder than she had her entire life.  The weapon was coming together and soon she could rest but until then there was much left to learn.  "Mama?" a clear operatic voice called 

Emma set her tools aside no matter how busy she got she always had time for her little girl.  "What do you need sweetness?"

"It is bed time Mama. Come read me a story." Cordelia knew that these days the only way her mother would sleep at all was if she was helped in to it.

"Of course my angel. Now what story do you want?" Emma asked cleaning her hands and putting away her tools.

"The story about how you met my papas and found me." Cordelia said with a smile that was a deep comfort to Emma's heart.

"You never get tired of that one do you?" Emma smiled back and it was surprisingly warm.

"Nope." Cordelia took her mother's hand and they shut off the lights.  In the darkness the weapon glistened, even with it's innards half exposed it radiated power.  It filled the room with possibilities and only one thing was completely sure, when it was finished this world was going to change drastically.
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« Reply #1963 on: June 29, 2009, 08:28:11 am »

"Fate, war, death, and redemption, Miss Emma. That's what's always there for those who fight for the good. It may seem a harsh bargain, but its the best that exists. Anything else is just delusions and frippery, for those who fight. "

"Miss Emma, I am no Angel, whether you take that to mean our 'little girl of the village,' or an idea of a perfect being, or a righteous person. I am a soldier. that is all I am and all I ever shall be, bright one's soul or no, whitefire or no.  We all have our abilities, Miss Emma.we all have our fates. Death, of some kind or another, will come for us all. Perhaps we will be redeemed. Perhaps not. We may know our abilities, but it is beyond mortal man to know what that fate might be in the end." 

He leaned forward, and gripped her hand, gently, then. "But my fate is already intertwined with yours, and that of the crews of the Boheme and the St. Elmo, Miss Emma. I and  we and they are here, and will be there. Let those who are there at whatever end betides hold part of your burden, Emma. Let those who are late in arriving share the burden and the fight, and those who shirk the battle -- let their shame cover them. Those are the things which must be.

You will find and reassemble all of your George, Emma. I feel it in my bones. Whether we will win against the commodore Emma and Cap'n Black, only time and fate may say. but I would not give up just yet. We have that world's Brian and Shai as witnesses: there IS a resistance. Friends to fight alongside of. Allies to rescue. You have allies of your own, Emma. call on us, and we will help you. And I will stand by your side, Miss Emma Lighton," he said, warmly and fiercely, "Be it literally or aboard the escort, come what may."
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« Reply #1964 on: June 29, 2009, 03:49:52 pm »

Sigmund heaved a sigh, staring into his jade-colored drink with a moroseness which seemed to make even the tea darken within his mug. His gold eyes followed the melancholy bobbing of dark leaves along the emerald surface.
"Helena, why is it that whenever we visit anther universe, we always meet alternate versions of you or the rest of the crew, but I've never seen one of myself? Am I such a freak that no other universe wants me to exist?"
He quietly sipped his tea, pondering the idea that such a horrible chimaera would only exist in one seemingly hopeless universe.
"Er...sorry miss Helena, Perhaps I am just being over-dramatic."

Patrick watched as Emma carried off her daughter. His own artificial compation, a sad, soul-less psuedo Jen placed a metal hand on his shoulder just as he had programmed it to. He batted her away, and she payed no heed, leaving to make dinner just as he had programmed her to.
The first commodore was becoming too weak .Compassion was a human practice, and they were so much more as the queen told him.
He despised his superior, her husband, and her daughter.
He knew what needed to be done...perhaps her inner workings could allow him to bring Jennifer back for real.

Cain aquardly positioned his chopsticks between his fingers, using them to pinch the little pockets of meat and sucessfully doing so.
"I think I figured it out, Angel!"
Cain began to teach the confused Angel how to eat the delectible noodle soup with the sticks. "It's a matter of pinching the food..." He instructed her.
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« Reply #1965 on: June 29, 2009, 10:35:59 pm »

Emma put a hand on his shoulder. "Thank you Dreyfuss. I suppose I am just getting caught up in some passing melancholy. I am sure George would have called me silly and told me to focus on the task at hand. I miss him but moping about isn't going to do me any good."

"Look Emma lady my Cain taught me how to eat with sticks!" Angel was very proud of her accomplishment.

Angel never failed to bring a smile to Emma's face. "That is very good Angel."

"You have to come see the fishies after this. Cause we have to say goodbye."  Angel did not like goodbyes much.

Helena took Sigmund's hands.  "Maybe you are too important to be stretched thin over the worlds like we are or maybe you haven been born here yet but don't you think for a moment that you are some kind of monster because of it.  You are different both of us have known that from the start, it is one of the reasons I like you so much.  Let the universes be empty without you, as long as I have you by my side we will be alright."
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« Reply #1966 on: June 29, 2009, 10:54:06 pm »

Seeing that his and Emma's tea were almost drained, and Angel and Cain were finishing up, Dreyfuss stood and stretched, popping loose strained areas that he had forgotten he had, and inthe case of the wings, which shot out to the sides, some that he didn't even know were possible.

HE adjusted his various bits and pieces of dress and armament, yook his officer's peaked cap out of his caot pocket, flicked a few bits of whatever off of it, and put it on his head, pulling it down so that it woud not fall off in the air (if they decided to fly).he then put his goggles around the headband, and seeing Emma finishing up, offered his elbow.

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« Reply #1967 on: June 30, 2009, 01:37:17 am »

Cain waited at the threshold where Angel excitedly announced her newfound skills.
"Angel picked up on it straight away. She's very, very smart." He declared with a warm chuckle. "She picked up on it straight away. I hardly had to tell her anything."
He wrapped his arms around her belly, holding Angel's body to his and kissing her cheek.
"My Angel is the best." He crooned. Blushing as he realised he had gained the attention of Dreyfuss and Emma.

"Thank you Helena." Sigmund said as a smile creeped across his pale lips. "Being different isn't so bad I suppose."
He finished his tea, looking at the ground leaves at the bottom floating in a pool of semi-liquid grassy colored sludge.
"Mister O'Landry says god has a plan for everyone. And that everything happens for a reason. Like how he had managed to save his brother's soul by shooting him in the spine and making Cain. I suppose his plan for me involves me not meeting my other selves yet..."
A tiny tounge of golden flame danced across his skin, not warranting much attention, though as he placed his hand on Helena's. an undeniable warmth crept across her skin.
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« Reply #1968 on: June 30, 2009, 01:53:01 am »

Dreyfuss straightened up, not wanting to interfere with Emma's appreciation of Angel's chopstick(for such the sticks appeared to be) technique.He was content to watch and smile encouragingly at the childlike construct's antics.
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« Reply #1969 on: June 30, 2009, 02:10:17 am »

Angel finished her soup with a hearty slurp that made the kind looking old man behind the counter smile.  "Come on it is time to visit the fishies."  Angel very proudly led the group like a parade down the street until they reached the hotel.

Emma knew kanji, Gejiro had taught her quite a bit and when she read the sign she turned quite pink and stammered "Oh my!"

"You will meet them someday I can only hope they are half as good as you are." Helena gave Sigmund a light swat on the butt and a grin.
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« Reply #1970 on: June 30, 2009, 03:33:42 am »

Sigmund's spine went straight as a spear when he felt Helena's hand cross his rather taught buttocks. The hardened young soldier let out a high pitched "EEP!"
Cain chuckled hearing the sound. Though he had no real knowledge of kanji, he noticed that Emma's blush meant this hotel had some ulterior purpous.
"Emma?" He asked, a hint of apprehension in his voice. "What does the sign say?"

Sigmund entered the hotel's lobby. The man behind the desk greeted them warmly, noticing the woman's more powerful stature.
"Ahhhh new tenants! May I suggest for you two the dungeon of desires?" He chuckled in a way that if made substantial could have been used to polish boots. Sigmund's cheeks darkened as he realised what the man at the desk was saying. The whip he was carrying as a visual aide did not in any way help.
"Er...Perhaps we should rest somewhere else. Somewhere where livestock management equipment isnt sold with the room."
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« Reply #1971 on: June 30, 2009, 03:52:14 am »

"Well it says To-heart Love Hotel.  Gejiro explained the concept to me, it is a place were couples can umm... Be alone without having to worry what people say."  Emma was looking more and more like a lobster in a pot.

Helena blinked unsure of what to make of this place. "I am really starting to wonder why Angel brought us here."

Angel had gone up ahead and called back down the hall. "Come see the fishies with me." Helena was reluctant to step any further in to the building. 
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« Reply #1972 on: June 30, 2009, 03:58:41 am »

Dreyfuss asked, "what's wrong, Miss Emma?" He too knew kanji, along with several other Asian alphabets; one did not work for, live with, and be a sometime paramour of, someone like Miss Lola without learning such things. He just still couldnt figure out how she came to learn classical sanskrit... But he had not yet seen the sign. When Emma waved at the sign, he looked, and the color first drained from his face, then flooded back in, causing a blush to rival Emma's.

"Well, I-I wouldnt want to stay here unless it was with someone I intended to stay with for life," he said, but I'd hate to disappoint Angel, so I'd say f-forge ahead and see the sights they want to show."
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« Reply #1973 on: June 30, 2009, 04:10:17 am »

Cain followed Angel enthusiastically, seeing no reason for the others to turn so multicolored at the idea of a romantic hotel. Sigmund found himself being led to their room by Angel as she bounced excitedly on her heels. Sweets followed at Helena's heels, almost as excited as Angel to see the swimming sushi bar.
The door to the suite was opened, revealing a cinnamon-scented paradise that seemed of Angel's own dreams.
"Oh my..." Sigmund said looking around, pre-recorded bird songs filled the spicy-scented air.
"SO I suppose we'll need to rent rooms for the night, it is everyone far more comfortable staying here?" Sigmund asked, though he seemed a bit reluctant to share a room as he watched Cain and sweets enjoy themselves on the vibrating bed.
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« Reply #1974 on: June 30, 2009, 04:28:49 am »

Emma was so very happy to see that Angels infatuation with the hotel was entirely innocent.  "I call the black and orange one speckles and the white one is pearl." She paused to pull sweets out of the water. "Silly Sweets you can't swim with the fishies cause you are a kitty."

"I suppose here is safer than the roof top. Besides there is a hole in my cabin wall." Helena had a rather wicked smile.  "So will you share a room with me Sigmund?"   

"Emma frowned Helena had a good point. "Dreyfuss I am asking you this for entirely platonic reasons but would you share a room with me?  I am so used to airship life I find it rather hard to sleep without other people around."
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